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Fantastic Achievement Says Harrison

2 February 2017

Academy manager Nick Harrison was delighted to see his side through to the last eight of the FA Youth Cup.

It's the first time in over 50 years that the club have reached this stage of the competition, and Harrison praised his players for their achievement. 
 
"I think it's a great achievement and we've told them to enjoy it because these things don't come around very often.
 
"We are really proud of them and it's a fantastic achievement."  
 
"We left it late again but they dug in, they worked hard throughout and you could definitely see that team spirit with them digging in and working hard for each other. That's definitely what has won us that game in the end. 
 
The Academy boss was particuarly pleased with the impact from the bench with Tom Barry playing a part in two goals, and Alex Wood netting the winner in extra-time. 
 
"Before the game I said to both Tom and Alex that they could be the match winners, that is the job of a substitute. It's not always about starting the game, it's about maybe finishing it and how you finish it so we are delighted for both of them to do that. 
 
"I also thought Harry Garstang came on and impacted the game and we are pleased that over the 120 minutes we have dug in and got the result that we needed. 
 
With the winner coming with just five minutes remaining, Harrison was also pleased with the way his players managed the final minutes of the tie. He continued: "We had some old heads on the pitch, some of the lads had experienced this before and they experienced the fifth round last year where we were actually knocked out and I felt they managed the game really well.
 
It's back at Deepdale again in the quarter finals as the Lilywhites host Stoke City or Brighton & Hove Albion. 
 
Harrison is happy to see another home tie in the next round, a venue that is becoming very familiar for his young side. 
 
"I think the fans might be getting fed up of it going to extra time and penalties but we are delighted to be back at Deepdale again, the lads are used to it now, they are used to the pitch and the dimensions and playing in front of a crowd here so fingers crossed we can do the same in the next round whoever we get."

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